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Disney Sues Stan Lee Media, Finds Bank Accounts Empty

Disney Sues Stan Lee Media, Finds Bank Accounts Empty

Back in 1998, comic book legend Stan Lee formed a startup company entitled Stan Lee Media, to manage a growing list of new characters that were being created. Shortly thereafter, Stan Lee himself cut ties with the company, before it went bankrupt in 2000. While that would normally be the end for a company like this, the defunct Stan Lee Media went ahead and sued Disney several times, starting in 2007, claiming they owned the rights to superhero characters created by Stan Lee, such as Spider-Man. Disney won every time, but now, according to Pirated Thoughts, the studio is now suing SLM, over nearly a half million dollars in unpaid legal fees.

Stan Lee Media never claimed that they owned the rights to several characters until the bankrupt company started filing lawsuits against Disney in 2007, at least six of them. The lawsuits claimed that Stan Lee transferred the rights to beloved characters like Spider-Man, The Avengers, Hulk, X-Men and Thor, over to the company, but each time a lawsuit was filed by SLM, it was thrown out of court, and Disney was awarded $462,000, to cover its court costs and legal fees in defending these lawsuits. Since Stan Lee Media went bankrupt, Disney then went after the company funding these lawsuits to cover the legal fees they're owed.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Has A Very Different Stan Lee Cameo

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Has A Very Different Stan Lee Cameo

Of course, Stan Lee wouldn't comment on how "different" his cameo is from any of his other roles, but we saw in today's Nerd Alert that Stan Lee has had cameo roles in 24 Marvel movies, dating back to The Trial of the Incredible Hulk back in 1989. Most of his cameos feature just one memorable line of dialogue, so perhaps the one "additional thing" could simply be another line. Or, he could be shown on screen in a much different way entirely.

Given the destructive nature of Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, it's possible they could change things up and actually have Stan Lee be one of this villain's victims, marking the first time he dies in one of these cameo appearances. That's only speculation at this point, and it could be "different" in other ways, like perhaps he has an actual supporting role instead of a cameo, or perhaps he could be a motion-captured or CGI character, of some kind. Sadly, we'll have to wait until next May to find out how "different" this cameo really is.

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Stan Lee Teaches Cameo School in ‘Avengers 2’ Audi Commercial

Stan Lee Teaches Cameo School in ‘Avengers 2’ Audi Commercial

Back in March, director Kevin Smith announced his first wave of actors for Mallrats 2 by releasing a photo of himself alongside Jason Mewes, Stan Lee and Michael Rooker. The filmmaker revealed that they had all gathered to shoot an "adorable Stan-centric spot for Audi that you'll see online as we get closer to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron". Today, Audi has released the full two-minute ad, directed by and starring Kevin Smith, which shows Stan Lee passing on his secrets to success in cameo acting with Tara Reid, Michael Rooker, Jason Mewes and Lou Ferrigno.

While the ad doesn't feature any stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it does mention the Marvel adventure several times. Stan Lee is seen riding in the new Audi S8, and while this particular car won't be featured in the movie, it will include the new R8, driven by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). The sequel will also feature Audi's 2015 TTS and 2015 A3. The R8, which made its initial debut in Iron Man, returns as an even more powerful supercar, while the iconic Audi TTS will make its big screen debut as a completely redesigned coupe.

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‘Mallrats 2’ Photo Reunites Stan Lee, Michael Rooker, Jay & Silent Bob

‘Mallrats 2’ Photo Reunites Stan Lee, Michael Rooker, Jay & Silent Bob

So, while these actors aren't necessarily confirmed for Mallrats 2 quite yet, don't be surprised to hear them signing on in the near future. Also, since Jason Mewes is likely coming back as Jay, it certainly seems possible that Kevin Smith will once again play Jay's sidekick, Silent Bob. Kevin Smith still has three more movies to shoot before Mallrats 2, including Clerks III, which starts production this May, followed by Hit Somebody in September and Moose Jaws in early 2016, so we have plenty of time before Mallrats 2 actually begins to roll.

In the original Mallrats, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith played Jay and Silent Bob, with Stan Lee appearing as himself in a cameo towards the end, where he gives a memorable speech to comic book fanatic Brody (Jason Lee). Michael Rooker portrayed the villainous Mr. Svenning, the father of Claire Forlani's Brandi Svenning, who is putting together a game show to be held at the mall. Are you excited that these characters may very well return for Mallrats 2? Take a look at Kevin Smith's photo, and stay tuned for more details.

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‘Marvel's Agent Carter’ Stan Lee Cameo Revealed

‘Marvel's Agent Carter’ Stan Lee Cameo Revealed

Agent Carter just wouldn't be part of the Marvel universe without a Stan Lee cameo. The comic book icon will be making his first appearance on the show's fifth episode. Titled The Blitzkrieg Button, Stan Lee will have a brief interaction with Dominic Cooper as fugitive on the run Howard Stark.

In The Blitzkrieg Button, Peggy (Hayley Atwell) may be in more trouble than usual when fugitive Howard Stark suddenly returns for mysterious reasons. And Chief Dooley chases a new clue all the way to Europe that threatens to destroy Peggy's future at the SSR. Stan Lee will be bringing a bit of 'levity' to an otherwise rather somber episode.

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Stan Lee Calls ‘Avengers 2’ Cameo His Favorite

Stan Lee Calls ‘Avengers 2’ Cameo His Favorite

Marvel comic book legend Stan Lee reveals that his ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ cameo is 'very funny' and 'worth waiting for.'
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Deleted Stan Lee Cameo Revealed!

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Deleted Stan Lee Cameo Revealed!

Stan Lee appears in the Collector's Museum seated inside of a cage; James Gunn explains why the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ scene was cut.
‘Yoga Hosers’ Reunites Stan Lee and Director Kevin Smith

‘Yoga Hosers’ Reunites Stan Lee and Director Kevin Smith

Nearly 20 years after directing Stan Lee in ‘Mallrats’, Kevin Smith gives the Marvel legend a new role in his thriller ‘Yoga Hosers’.